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Limit without l'Hospital


New member
Mar 31, 2020
I need to solve this limit without L'Hôpital's rule. Could someone give me a hint what
I need to do please? I just can't find this algebraic trick. Thank you in advance!



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MHB Math Helper
Aug 30, 2012
One of the usual ways to get around l'Hopital is to use series representations (which I personally think is cheating.) But this one's a monster to do this way.
\(\displaystyle 2^x \approx 1 + (x ~ ln(2) ) + \dfrac{1}{2} (x ~ ln(2) )^2 + \dfrac{1}{6} (x ~ ln(2) )^3 + \text{ ...}\)

\(\displaystyle 2^{sin(x)} \approx 1 + (x ~ ln(2) ) + \dfrac{1}{2} (x ~ ln(2) )^2 + \dfrac{1}{6} x^3 ( (ln(2)^3 - ln(2) ) + \text{ ...}\)

\(\displaystyle cos(x) \approx 1 - \dfrac{1}{2} x^2 + \text{ ...}\)
(These are MacLaurin series.)

\(\displaystyle \dfrac{ 2^x - 2^{sin(x)} }{x (1 - cos(x) ) } \approx \dfrac{ \dfrac{1}{6} x^3 ln(2) }{x \left ( 1 - \left ( 1 - \dfrac{1}{2} x^2 \right ) \right ) } = \dfrac{1}{3} ln(2)\)

Ugly, but doable. (And yes, I did the \(\displaystyle 2^{sin(x)}\) series myself. I only checked it with W|A.)



New member
Mar 31, 2020
Thank you for showing me this solution, it looks pretty elegant! But do you think there is other possible way how to solve it? The problem is we've never learned this method so I think I can't use it on my exam when we'll have to solve similar trigonometric limit.